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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“Not just for kids! The zoo is the perfect size...you can quickly see it all in an hour or take your time and make it last 3! I have been taking my kids to this zoo since 2010. Our favorites are the howling gibbons, the playful otters and the beautiful orangutans. The zoo is literally a stones throw away from our ABnB. You might just hear the lions roar at night!!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Park
“Huge park with bike/hike trails, frisbee golf course, playgrounds & water pad”
  • 53 locals recommend
Furniture / Home Store
“A one-stop dining and shopping experience from the Gaines family, of Fixer Upper fame! The market is a short 6.9 mile drive from Century Oaks. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Museum
“Birthplace of the greatest soda there ever was! It’s more than just DrPepper history...it’s also Waco History! There is also a soda shop on the grounds that you can visit separate from the museum.”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Getting to the Magnolia table early to beat the crowd, even Chip will agree ! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Museum
“Entertaining for both kids and adults. There is a kid “side” to the library as well as a natural science/history “side”. Perfect indoor activity for all ages. They typically have a special exhibit that changes every few months. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Just go! Haha But seriously this is a shopping dream because there are 50+ venders under one roof! 90% new items but a few booths have vintage things”
  • 25 locals recommend
Place to shop
“A popular home decor store owned by HGTV "Fixer Upper" starts Chip and Joanna Gaines. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
History Museum
“Any and all things Texas Rangers....law enforcement not baseball team ;) for sports check out the Texas Sports Hall of Fame that is next door to the Ranger museum!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“This is just 5 minutes up the road from the AB&B so if you have an hour or two and any interest in mammoths, paleontology or just want to get outside for a bit check this national monument out! It’s a fairly small exhibit so it doesn’t take long. You’re basically going to see the mammoth bones still laying where they were discovered! If you would like to go I highly suggest you look on the website and find a time for the ranger guided tour!”
  • 18 locals recommend
University
“This is our alma mater so we are partial. But the campus truly is beautiful! Lots of old trees and buildings; a few fountains and statues. Plenty of open space to walk, jog, ride a bike or throw a frisbee. You can find free visitor parking behind The Student Life Center. And be sure to say hi to our live mascot while there! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cafe
“We found this place accidentally and were pleasantly surprised by all the things it offers! Beautiful crafts, great food, and fun even just walking around. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Drinks and Coffees. Go late with your adult friends and enjoy an Old Fashioned!”
  • 30 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Beer is served in a frozen fish bowl sized goblet. Get your chicken fried steak smothered in gravy with homestyle veggies. Tasty bar food or huge salads if you want to save calories for more beer. If you know Pat Green this is the bar he sings about! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Go see a movie, catch a concert or (my favorite) have a cold beverage on the rooftop bar.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Live Music Capital of Waco. Tour busses line the street most weekends with legendary and up and coming artists. Always easy to see the stage and plenty of bars scattered around so the lines are never too long. Check out their calendar on-line for upcoming acts. The food is really good. Try the chicken strips. (the batter has frosted flakes in it)”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Getting to the Magnolia table early to beat the crowd, even Chip will agree ! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Beer is served in a frozen fish bowl sized goblet. Get your chicken fried steak smothered in gravy with homestyle veggies. Tasty bar food or huge salads if you want to save calories for more beer. If you know Pat Green this is the bar he sings about! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Go see a movie, catch a concert or (my favorite) have a cold beverage on the rooftop bar.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Live Music Capital of Waco. Tour busses line the street most weekends with legendary and up and coming artists. Always easy to see the stage and plenty of bars scattered around so the lines are never too long. Check out their calendar on-line for upcoming acts. The food is really good. Try the chicken strips. (the batter has frosted flakes in it)”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bakery
“If you are interested in authentic greek & mediterranean food this is the place for you. Alpha Omega is unreal, not only that, but their food is so reasonably priced. It is 100% a top pick for us in Waco. This local restaurant rocks!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Wonderful wood fired pizza, salads and appetizers. On the weekends can get very busy so call ahead, many times they'll let you put your name on the list when you're on the way. Also has a room for bigger groups.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“The food is good, but it's the decor and ambiance that really set it apart from all the other mexican food restaurants. If your only criteria is taste then I would suggest either Taqueria #9 on North Valley Mills Drive, or Lolitas on Franklin....”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This was one of my favorite places to go to when I was growing up. We use to ride our bike to get a hotlink sandwich. Vitek's has upgraded since I was a little girl. I recomend the "Gut Pack" you want be sorry. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

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